Surrounded by natural beauty, powered by a thriving and innovative economy, steeped in history with a flourishing arts scene, and offering a low cost of living—Chattanooga is the place to be!
Featured by numerous national publications and voted “Best Town Ever” twice by Outside magazine, Chattanooga never fails to impress. Recently, Town & Country magazine named Chattanooga one of the 10 coziest cities and gogobot, a travel site, named Chattanooga among the top 10 hippest midsized cities. For the second year in a row, SmartAsset named Chattanooga the city with the lowest startup cost for entrepreneurs. The Wall Street Journal named Chattanooga among the best places to retire in the U.S., and Southern Living and Men’s Journal encouraged readers to check out Chattanooga’s local food and drink scene, hiking trails, boutique hotels, and arts district. In 2016, Livability, a website that ranks cities, named Chattanooga among the top five most affordable places to live in Tennessee.
A variety of affordable housing options are available for residents. In the downtown neighborhoods, condominiums, townhomes, lofts, and family homes are available. In the surrounding areas, homeowners can choose from single-family homes with multiple acres, brow views, lake front lots, golf course communities, and more. Eco-friendly housing options are available, with homes and rental units that are net-zero energy.
The cost of living in Chattanooga is lower than the national average due to low property taxes, no state income taxes, and affordable housing. Depending on the source, Chattanooga’s cost of living is between 6% and 12% lower than other U.S. cities. Property taxes are among the lowest in the nation—RealtyTrac, a real estate information company, ranks the Chattanooga metro area as the third lowest among 716 metro areas.
At the intersection of Interstate 75 and 24, Chattanooga is in an ideal location. Residents have easy access to medical care, top employers, and the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. Chattanooga is within two hours of Knoxville, Atlanta, Nashville, and Birmingham.
At least one of the area’s largest hospitals – Erlanger Health System, CHI Memorial, Parkridge Health System, and Tennova Healthcare, Cleveland –are minutes from most residential areas. Pharmacies and family medical and dental care are located conveniently throughout the area.
Local colleges and universities are nearby and offer degrees from associate to doctorate. More than 40 private schools serve the area, many of which rank among the country’s most prestigious. Public schools offer several specialized options for K-12 education, including magnet schools, charter schools, and alternative schools for high-achieving, special needs, and at-risk students.
Chattanooga is home to a local arts scene with famous performing and visual artists. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy popular attractions, a vibrant local food and drink scene, and beautiful scenery. The Chattanooga area boasts 4,800 acres of public parks and 35 miles of walking and biking paths. More than 50,000 acres of national and state parks surround Chattanooga and are waiting to be enjoyed.